Computer game addict Tinchy Stryder

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 August 2009
Tinchy Stryder

Computer game addict Tinchy Stryder

British rapper Tinchy Stryder has revealed he got his unusual name because he was obsessed with computer games

Tinchy Stryder is named after a short computer game.

The 'Number 1' rapper gained his unusual moniker because of his diminutive frame and adoration for classic video games.

He explained to Loaded magazine: "I'm small man, for my age. I'm 5ft 5ins. Stryder came from a computer game on the Sega Mega Drive. I'd like to be taller, but I'm not."

However, the 22-year-old grime rapper hasn't always been known as Tinchy and was given another nickname when he was younger.

He said: "Everyone had a name when we were on pirate radio, growing up. When I was first on the scene, everyone used to have a tag. But in those days, Dizzee used to call me 'Tantrum'. He must have thought I threw tantrums or something."

Tinchy insists he has an easy-going nature and would be happy to appear on a reality TV show.

He added: "I'd be up for doing 'Celebrity Big Brother'. I think I'd get used to the cameras.

"I'd try and mix it up - I wouldn't do the tasks on purpose. I'm easy, man, I've not got any bad habits, so I'm not worried."

Tinchy Stryder

The Ghana-born, London-based musician takes his albums of grime on the road.

The Loft, Southampton

Sat 6 Oct

£15 / 023 8022 5177

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